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Windows 10 Start Menu wins major design award -- Microsoft proves haters wrong

posted onAugust 6, 2015
by l33tdawg

When Microsoft unveiled its legendary Start Menu in Windows 95, it changed everything. The usability resonated with consumers, arguably leading to a huge increase in personal computer sales. While the menu remained mostly unchanged for many years -- apart from small additions and appearance tweaks -- Windows 8 replaced it with a Start Screen that consumers largely rejected. Things were looking bad for Windows for a while there.

OS showdown: Windows 10 vs Linux

posted onAugust 4, 2015
by l33tdawg

So the latest iteration of Windows has now been unleashed, and as has become tradition at Linux Format, we pit the Redmond-ian OS mano-a-mano with Linux to determine the ultimate operating system.

Of course, in reality this is comparing apples and oranges: One is a free codebase which can run on most any hardware imaginable, the other is a proprietary product with an undecouple-able GUI that, until recently, has run only on x86 PCs. Our approach will be to consider features from Windows 10 and compare them with like-for-like equivalents from various Linux distributions.

Microsoft: 14 million installs so far for Windows 10

posted onAugust 3, 2015
by l33tdawg

Microsoft announced today that around 14 million people have installed Windows 10 on their computers. Windows 10 began rolling out in phases on Wednesday and the offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 seems to be something that a lot of people decided was too good to pass up.

"We still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade," Microsoft marketing boss Yusuf Mehdi said.

Microsoft announces which Lumia handsets will get upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile at launch

posted onJuly 30, 2015
by l33tdawg

In November 2014, Microsoft said that "there will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices" - a fairly unequivocal statement that leaves no doubt that all of the company's devices released with WP8 onwards would be upgraded. But details now provided by Microsoft on its website suggest that availability of Windows 10 Mobile will be limited to only certain devices - at least at first.

Why Windows 10 Shares Your Wi-Fi Password And How To Stop It

posted onJuly 29, 2015
by l33tdawg

Microsoft Windows 10 will have a number of improvements when it launches tomorrow, including a revamped Start menu, a speedy Microsoft Edge web browser, a built-in Cortana digital assistant and the ability to stream games from an Xbox One console to another device. But there is a controversial feature shipping with Windows 10 called Wi-Fi Sense — which will be enabled by default.

Goodbye Internet Explorer, Hello Edge

posted onJuly 29, 2015
by l33tdawg

For the first time in several decades, Microsoft has released a new version of Windows without Internet Explorer being set as the default browser. Instead, the company is pushing users towards Edge, the company's 'new' browser that they hope will put up a solid fight against Chrome and Firefox.

Edge, while technically a new brand, is really a heavily reworked version of Internet Explorer. The engine driving the browser is still Trident but other than the name, there is not much else that is the same between Edge and Internet Explorer.

Microsoft releases yet another security update for Windows 10 Build 10240

posted onJuly 28, 2015
by l33tdawg

We’re just 2 days away from Windows 10’s official launch. Ahead of the release of its new operating system, Microsoft has been releasing a lot of security updates for Windows 10 Build 10240 lately. Unsurprisingly enough, there’s a new update today as well – the latest update is KB3074683 and there doesn’t seem to be anything new other than under the hoods improvements. It’s worth noting that the latest update replaces KB3074681 which caused File Explorer to crash for some users — meaning that the latest update fixes the crashing issues for File Explorer.

Microsoft to buy cloud security provider Adallom for $US320 million

posted onJuly 22, 2015
by l33tdawg

Reports have emerged stating that Microsoft is to drop $US320 million in cash for Israeli cloud security startup Adallom.

Adallom – founded in 2012 with just 80 employees – provides security tools for cloud applications. News of the acquisition broke in Israel where Adallom is based, before being reported by Reuters.

Nokia write-down leads Microsoft to record $3.2B loss on $22.2B revenue

posted onJuly 22, 2015
by l33tdawg

We knew that Microsoft's quarter was going to be a rough one after it announced a $7.6 billion write-down of the Devices and Services division it purchased from Nokia last year, and so it has come to pass: on revenue of $22.2 billion, the company had a gross margin of $14.7 billion, an operating loss of $2.05 billion, a net after-tax loss of $3.20 billion, and a $0.40 loss per share.

Microsoft issued an emergency fix for a vulnerability that let hackers ‘take complete control’ of affected computers

posted onJuly 21, 2015
by l33tdawg

Microsoft just issued a fix for an alarming security hole in Windows that could allow attackers to remotely take over a computer.

Microsoft writes in a security bulletin writes that the vulnerability exists in Windows “when the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library improperly handles specially crafted OpenType fonts.”